R.E.M. said adios a few weeks ago, but they have a tiny bit of business to attend to before they go gently into that good night.
The band has a definitive compilation album called Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage coming out on November 15, and with that they have their last-ever single: A newly-recorded track called “We All Go Back to Where We Belong.”
The song itself is a reasonably catchy acoustic-and-strings number, but the real attention-grabber is the video that accompanies it. There are two versions of the video, actually. One stars poet, filmmaker, and activist John Giorno, but the other stars radiant Melancholia star Kirsten Dunst.
It’s a pretty simple premise: a static shot of Dunst staring right back at you, occasionally laughing suddenly or looking as though she might weep uncontrollably.
Give the Dunst version a spin below, and go ahead and pretend like you’re having a conversation with her, and that she’s laughing at your jokes and finding you fascinating and charming. We won’t tell anybody. (We’re totally going to tell everybody.)
It's a little sad to see R.E.M. go out with such a whimper, though they're certainly doing it on their own terms.
As for Part Lies, Part Heart, Part Truth, Part Garbage, it's being touted as the first definitive R.E.M. greatest hits album, even though they've put out several compilations before (true, nothing has ever bridged the gap between the IRS records years and their latter Warner Bros. output).
The lineup is strong, but it seems vaguely criminal to include only a single song from Monster ("What's the Frequency, Kenneth?") while there are three songs from their ho-hum swan song Collapse Into Now. What's the matter, guys? No love for "Bang and Blame," "Strange Currencies," or "Let Me In," the latter of which became a tremendous acoustic torch song live?
What do you think of R.E.M.’s video for “We All Go Back to Where We Belong”? And what’s missing from their forthcoming greatest hits? Stand in the place where you are, as long as it’s in the comments.